Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

The Story of the High-Functioning Adult Child of an Addict

“Mom’s dead. Not sure if anyone told you.” This is the message I woke up to from my brother at 6AM on a work day. For a second, I thought he was joking.

What if Your Parents Were Just Not That Into You?

What if your parents were just not that into you? The lifelong effects of childhood neglect.

Healing Dogs

How Dogs can facilitate the healing of trauma.

To Heal Trauma, Work with the Body

When cognitive therapy is not enough to heal trauma, consider taking a body-based approach.

Are You Wired for Resilience?

If you knew you had the resilience to recover from almost any challenge or experience, what might you do differently? Would you finally start living the life you most want?

The Civil War Continues in Charlottesville

The science of social connection explains the allure of racist supremacist movements, and what we can do to reverse bias and discrimination.

What Are the Roots of Distress Among Refugees?

Research is changing the way we address the mental health needs of refugees.

Superhero Therapy: A Book to Help Your Inner Hero

In her book Superhero Therapy, Janina Scarlet shows that a fear or weakness does not make a hero any less heroic, and that we all can be heroes both for ourselves and for others.

Taking Care of Yourself and Others During Racial Trauma

By Mariel Buque M.A. on August 16, 2017 in Unpacking Race
Taking care of yourself and others during racial trauma: a guide for healing in the face of race-based turmoil.

Counseling a Person With a Multiple Personality Disorder

Dissociation is a coping mechanism. A person literally dissociates himself from a situation that's too violent, traumatic or painful to assimilate with his conscious self.

Psychology Informs Us About Hate Groups

Decades of psychological research helps us better understand hate group behaviors. Learning from much of this research can make the incomprehensible more comprehensible.

Mourning a Legacy of Racial Violence

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Me in We
How narrative can help us understand racial terror and heal intergenerational trauma.

How Facing Nuclear Destruction Could Make Us Wiser.

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 11, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We are apparently in a nuclear standoff. Do we find ourselves here again because we can't cope with death anxiety? Terror management theory informs the discussion.

Sexual Disorientation of Male Sexual Abuse Survivors

Sexual abuse disorients you; it does not orient you. Consider straight men who have sex with men due to childhood sexual abuse.

When the Church Harms Your Child

How do families survive clergy child sexual abuse?

Preserving Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance System

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The New Normal
Prevention is cheaper than the cure.

Barriers Prevent Soldiers From Seeking Psychological Help

Soldiers might face consequences for speaking up about mental health challenges.

The Irony of Physician Suicide

Are physicians who die by suicide, and their families, subject to higher stigma?

Obstacles to Mental Health Care in Auto Accident Cases

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in The New Normal
Battlefront Michigan for quality of life

Covering Up Negative Emotions Doesn’t Work. So What Does?

Common wisdom advises you to avoid, or try to let go of, upsetting feelings. However—and like a lot of self-help advice—such straightforward guidance too often won't work.

Unimagined Sensitivities—Series Conclusion

By Michael Jawer on August 01, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Death—and its close relative, trauma—may trigger perceptions that subvert the normal bounds of space and time. The fascinating evidence merits serious investigation.

Navigating Abuse by the Clergy - Part 2.

Discover how the clergy can play an important role in helping survivors and victims of abuse to heal.

How Childhood Emotional Trauma Impacts Adult Relationships

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on August 01, 2017 in Mindful Anger
There are many ways childhood emotional trauma continues to affect you even after you've grown up.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 12

By Michael Jawer on July 30, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
A life-threatening emergency can, in some cases, produce a veritable distress signal that communicates what is being experienced, physiologically and/or emotionally.

Skeletons in the Closet

A review of the new film "To the Bone" reveals some interesting perspectives on eating disorders.
National Institute of Mental Health

Have You Lost Your Mind?

Scientists and journalists make claims that stress and trauma are toxic to the brain, but the claims are based on flawed studies.

Identifying Challenges Effecting Veteran Mental Healthcare

Why are veterans continuing to struggle?

A Hands-On Approach to Psychotherapy?

Therapeutic touch can be effective if used appropriately.

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.